Interview #10: For the Joy of Sharing

Payal Nanjiani

An Interview with Venkataraman L.N.
Adaptive Instruction

Recognized by the TIMES Group as the most influential leadership speaker and executive coach, Payal Nanjiani is a globally acclaimed Indian-American leadership expert, executive coach, and author. She has spent over 2 decades helping leaders and organizations grow, transform, and succeed. A prominent figure in the corporate and business world, her books, and podcast have made her one of the best-known names in leadership training and executive coaching. She is known to get people to achieve a leadership breakthrough, get to their next level, and achieve extraordinary levels of success. She is a New York award-winning author of leadership books. Payal has been honored by the TIMES group for her leadership speaking and coaching and has been featured on America’s Fox 50 news channel for redefining leadership. Payal believes in her philosophy that leadership starts and ends with you ”

You are worth as much as you think you are, and you will get in your career as much as you feel you deserve.

Payal Nanjiani

Payal Nanjiani’s Life Story

The human body as an organized, coordinating internal systems is endowed with an intelligence to succeed in its function with the available resources. There are internal mechanisms to increase or conserve energies based on the bodily demands, new food supplies and external environmental conditions. All this would not be possible without the control centre called the brain. It has the vital role to send and receive organ-bound messages to trigger hormonal releases or chemical reactions and ensures energy needs are met all the time throughout life. This design of our biological mechanism to adapt to internal as well as external conditions is divine and fortunately the organ systems have ‘self-awareness’ in-built by nature.

Successful business organizations work much the same way as organized, coordinating internal systems. The parallel drawn from human physiology serves good for the purpose as well as inspiration. In the end, the vital capacity and ability to adapt to the internal as well external conditions underpins the success, growth and stability of a corporation. Leaders have the critical role and responsibility – much like the brain in our analogy – to ensure all functions run smooth in BAU as well as changing conditions. These include the abilities to have a clear vision, inspire employees to awaken to their strengths, communicate ideas clearly and to serve as living examples of demonstrating human values and ethics.

Payal Nanjiani, is a Globally Acclaimed Leadership Expert and Speaker, Top Executive Coach and New York Award-Winning Author. She endeavors to bring valuable insights and models to groom leaders towards success. She comes with a refined understanding of business models, corporate structure and an immense knowledge on the working styles of the top organization CEOs and leaders. Her leadership podcasts with leaders, coaching, and training sessions are brilliant, exuding practical insights for leadership as well as organizational development. She covers every aspect of leadership that spans people, process and performance communicating ideas with analogies that help to absorb them well. She contributes regularly in the leadership blog section of Times of India and her articles provide useful nuggets of wisdom from her vast experience of over two decades working with leaders.

It is an honor and a pleasure to cover Payal in this interview article for the inspiration of young adults. Please find her ‘Wisdom in Threes’ to appreciate her better.

By Venkat
Adaptive Instruction

Payal Nanjiani’s Profile Summary

Founder & CEOThe Payal Nanjiani Leadership Company
OffersExecutive Coach and Leadership Speaker
Leadership Podcast

Payal Nanjiani’s Wisdom in Threes

Describe yourself in three words

  • People person
  • Family Oriented
  • Determined

Define life in three words

  • Uncertain
  • Fulfilling
  • Purposeful

Three things which have been your greatest source of inspiration

  • For me, my work is the highest source of my inspiration because it’s my offering to my Lord each day.
  • My family is a huge inspiration in my life.
  • When I am adding value to the lives of people through my leadership books and executive coaching, and making them successful in their careers, I feel inspired to do more.

Three challenges you faced in life

  • Challenges are a part of anyone who has a dream. And so for me, my biggest challenge was to get corporate America to accept me in the field of leadership speaking, coaching, and book writing. ”
  • To develop belief in myself and the work that I am doing. Because there really weren’t many women of Indian descent doing what I do and so there was no role model to look up to. And eventually, I got to be known as the only Indian-American woman to be a powerful leadership speaker and author in a male while dominated industry.
  • A challenge that I think I still face is to help more people become great leaders at their work. And the reason I face this challenge is that I can only do so much at a given time even if I want to impact more people. And this is why I write books so I reach more people in the world and share my leadership work for their success.

Three ideas to build resilience to face challenges

  • I believe that resilience is the single most important quality that allows human beings to triumph in moments of difficulty. And so you must begin by surrounding yourself with people, books, and ideas that constantly help you move forward.
  • Gratitude. My day starts with being grateful for what I have both professionally and personally.
  • Trust in the omniscient power to see you through. There are times when you feel rejected, broken, and dejected. But you’ve got to know that you are designed to withstand it all.

Three essential things needed to achieve success

  • This one’s my favorite because I am constantly helping people to succeed as leaders in their fields. For one, you need to be Believing that success is within you and that you are made to progress ahead in life. Don’t go behind titles and success. Make yourself such that wherever you go, success goes with you.
  • Help others achieve great things. When I look back over my life, the greatest moments are when I used my gift to help others succeed. When you help others grow, you succeed with great magnitude.
  • Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart and put your best at it.

Top three practices and habits you would advise to young students

  • I would say to young students that work hard. There truly is no shortcut to success. There is no such thing as quick success. You have to walk your way up to success.
  • Any challenge that comes your way doesn’t come based on your gender or color. Challenges are for anyone who dreams big, and your job is to stick to your higher purpose.
  • Know that when you make a decision keeping your higher goal in mind – then there is no confusion. the Universe will show you your next step.

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Payal Nanjiani’s Awards and Recognition

  • Payal has been featured extensively for her work on leadership on America’s Fox 50 News channel, Mumbai Mirror, global magazines, and multiple worldwide media.
  • She has been honored as the only Indian-American woman to be a powerful leadership speaker and author in America.
  • She has been honored by the TIMES group for her leadership speaking and coaching. For more details check :
  • Recognized as the Top 10 Coach by Silicon India Magazine.
  • Recipient of the Sate Ribbon award, USA, for her work in leadership.
  • Recipient of the New York Book Award, USA, and Book of Excellence, Canada for her books.
  • Award-winning host of the globally recognized leadership mastery podcast – The Payal Nanjiani Leadership Podcast.

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